The last Democratic National Convention that gathered without a Kennedy in Congress or the White House was held in Chicago in 1944, only six weeks after the D-day invasion. Nearly seven decades later, the two-dozen family members who gather in Charlotte, N.C., will find themselves in that unfamiliar position, without a standard-bearer of national clout since the 2009 death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Although some delegates might consign the family to a place of sentimental nostalgia, the Kennedys plan to be a presence at Charlotte.
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